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Hugo Chavez demands extradition of Posada Carriles

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reiterated on Friday his country’s extradition request to the United States on terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, who escaped a Venezuelan jail, after the bombing of a Cuban plane in Barbados 1976. Chavez also requested the extradition of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Perez who is blamed for the bloodshed during the Caracazo uprising, reported Prensa Latina.

President Hugo Chavez said that US President Barack Obama should hand over Posada Carriles, a fugitive from Venezuelan justice, and accused of masterminding the midair explosion of a Cuban passenger airplane in 1976 that killed all 73 persons aboard.

During a phone call to the La Hojilla television program Chavez also demanded the extradition of former President Carlos Andres Perez, who is also being protected by the United States, despite several pending accusations by the Venezuelan justice system.

Chavez spoke about the severe repression sparked off in Caracas, Venezuela on March 27, 1989 after the population, protesting economic measures taken by then President Perez, took to the streets in what was to be known as the El Caracazo.

Two decades later, those responsible for pushing the people to their limits have not answered to the charges against them, including the former president, said Chavez.

Hugo Chavez added that the February 27, 1989 actions also led to the unsuccessful civilian-military uprising led by him on February 4, 1992 to bring about change in the country.

The Venezuelan president also demanded that the US government rectify a report by the US Department of State that accuses Venezuela and other countries of human rights violations.